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Mansion tour

 

A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

 

Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the mansion is the only surviving residence created by American artist and designer Tiffany. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.

 

Reservations are requested, but not required and a $15 donation ($10 for seniors) is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.

 

For more information, send an email to ayermansion@gmail.com or call 617-536-2586.

 

Future tours are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 and noon on Wednesday, March 13.

 

Chamber music

 

The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will continue its 2018-2019 season with “a play of light and shadows” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

 

The program will examine contrasts of light and dark by way of Mozart’s “Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano;” Olivier Messaiaen’s atmospheric “”Le Merle Noir” for flute and piano; Thea Musgrave’s “Night Windows” for oboe and piano; and Gabriel Faure’s “Piano Concert No. 1 in C minor.”

 

Visit www.chamberorchestraofboston.org or call 617-266-1626.

 

Celebrating French culture

 

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will host “Francophonie 2019,” the annual celebration of the French language and Francophone culture, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

 

Attendees can meet Boston’s Francophone institutions, sample delicious drinks and light bites from their respective cultures, meet representatives from business, governments and nonprofits and learn more about their community offerings, calendar of events, travels, studies and work and visa programs.

 

In addition, photos submitted by members of the Francophone world, from the Eiffel Tower to the beaches of Martinique, will be on display at the center until March 31.

 

The exhibition and celebration are free, but reservations are required. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

For more information and to make a reservation, call 617-912-0400 or visit www.frenchculturalcenter.org.